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issues. it is a brave show. >> not lee shea at all. >> not at all. i'm watching from now on. and i learned that tv news is all about fake drama. that is, contrived. all right. thanks for joining us, everyone. if it's way too early it's "morning joe" but right now it's time for "the daily rundown" with chuck and savannah. at the bottom of the gulf, oil is gushing nearly unobstructed and may be a good thing. part of a high-stakes operation to finally get the well sealed for good. >> getting to the bottom of how this happened, the chairs of the presidential commission tasked with that job will be here live. good morning, it's july 12th, 2010. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chuck todd. >> nice to meet you. been a while. let's get to the rundown and al qaeda-linked group is the prime suspect this morning in terror attacks in uganda overnight targeting fans watching the world cup final. more than 60 people were killed including at least 1 american.
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nbc's tom asphol live for us in london. this is not an over exuberant celebration about world cup. this was an al qaeda, somalia related attack. is that correct? >> reporter: it looks like it, chuck. well, the attacks took place outside a restaurant and rugby clubs where groups were watching the world cup soccer finals on large-screen tvs. ugan ugandan police say legs and heads were found at the scene and pointing to suicide bombers and pointed to al shabob. commanders in somalia called for attackers against uganda and any other country supporting african union troops fighting against the militias there. among the 64 dead in sunday night's attacks, where at least
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1 american, nate hen, visiting for a few months on the facebook page before he left the usa, he said he was looking forward to working with them and he said he loved the country. several other americans believed to have been wounded in those attacks. chuck, savannah, back to you guys. >> all right. tom aspell in london this morning, thank you. >> disturbing. big day in the gulf. a turning point perhaps. work is you should way for a new tighter fitting cap on the leak one that holds the promise of capturing most if not all of the oil gushing into the gulf. nbc chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson on duty in venice, louisiana, this morning. give us an update on where things stand on this operation to put thesealing cap and the helix. >> reporter: first, the sealing cap, savannah. they're about halfway there in the process. something called the transition spool, the first part of this sealing cap is on top of the
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blowout preventer, bolted down and now this morning they hope to put the second part which is called the three-ram stack on top of that and then the cap will be complete and then they'll do a test to determine just how -- in what kind of shape the well is in. as far as containing the oil, they're -- they're getting about 8,000 barrels a day. they're still collecting 8,000 barrels a day through the q-4000. that's the ship out there that's burning the oil off. there is that second ship that you mentioned, "the helix producer." the lines are hooked up and had hoped it would be producing oil, collecting oil by this morning. they had two problems. a valve that wouldn't work and a leak. they fixed both those problems and they hope to have oil flowing up to the "helix producer" by the afternoon. >> all right. anne thompson, we'll see. i swear it feels like deja vu.
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we always hear, this is the time. this is the cap that's going to do it. this is the one. >> reporter: here's -- >> go ahead. >> reporter: here's the bottom line. until they kill the well, with the relief well, all of this is just a temporary fix. >> excellent point. >> reporter: that's what really matters so just -- that's what you want to focus on is the relief well. >> fair enough. anne thompson in venice, louisiana, her home away from home. thanks very much. first lady michelle obama is headed to the region. panama city beach, florida, this afternoon to visit with people affected be i the gulf oil spill. her first trip to the region. let's bring in msnbc chief washington correspondent nora o'donnell. what is the i tin rare for the first lady today? who is she meeting with and hope to accomplish? >> reporter: advisers say she's headed to the gulf for a fir firsthand look and then two sets of remarks. she is meeting with business and
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community leaders like the mayor of panama city and panama city beach and seeing her later this afternoon arrive and she is going to do the roundtable, get the briefing. delivering some brief remarks then and then going out to the beach to take a look around the beach and deliver a fuller e marks there about how this has affected that community. it's going to be later in the day so i don't know if there's sound for nightly news. the first lady's office rejiggered the schedule i think for earlier remarks at 5:00 to make the nightly newses. but this is really going to be -- she is just on the ground about three hours before heading back to washington with another event before heading to the gulf today. >> bring that up. >> the naacp. >> keynote address, correct? >> she is the keynote address at the naacp's 101st annual convention in kansas city, missouri. the first event of the day and using that occasion to one again talk about the signature issue. the let's move nationwide effort
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to combat childhood obesity. she's going to be updating the naacp on the efforts and 90-day review and pending legislation in congress to overhaul the child nutrition act which affects school lunch programs and one in three children in america overweight or obese and it's a busy week for michelle obama this week, guys. >> for you, too, nora. thank you so much. appreciate it. well, the top white house spokesman on sunday said publicly for the first time what officials are saying. the democrats may lose control of the house in november. >> i think people are going to have a choice to make in the fall but i think there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause republicans to gain control. there's no doubt about that. >> let's bring in nbc's deputy political director mark murray. okay. so, in some ways robert gibbs just said aloud what a lot of
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white house officials saying far while. do you think there was a method to this? is he trying to energize democrats and send a signal, look, democrats could lose this thing? >> possibly. robert gibbs stating the obvious. anyone following the mid-term cycle know that republicans have a good chance of taking back the house according to the nonpartisan political report, 64 democratic-held seats either in the toss-up or lame column and republicans need to win a majority of those, 39 to take back the house. and you're right. he could have been sending a message to democrats and democratic activists that, hey, we need to be fired up. one of the biggest advantages is enthusiasm gap. republicans much more fired up than democrats and robert gibbs, other democrats sounding the alarm they might be able to lose the house could maybe start bringing those enthusiasm numbers to parody. >> mark murray, thanks very much. i tell you on that very front on enthusiasm, it is the david
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pluff theory of the case once democrats believe that they could lose that it will come up but as somebody pointed out, if this is part of the sunday message trying to do, david axelrod would have said the same thing. >> wasn't an overt piece of their strategy. >> simply robert answering a question. >> yeah. still ahead as crews try to bring the nightmare in the gulf to a close, the commission investigating the disaster holds the first public meeting today. coming up, an exclusive interview with the men heading up the commission. after two years of an elaborate game of cat and mouse, cops nab the "barefoot bandit." can they make the charges stick? but first, a look ahead at the president's schedule today. kind of a busy one. he has a meeting with an international leader but then, of course, a press briefing. like a regular monday here. >> in the middle of summer.
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the important thing is this. we want -- the president has -- does not want to stop this drilling. what he wants to do is make sure that something like this catastrophe doesn't happen again. >> white house senior adviser david axelrod on sunday defending the decision for a six-month moratorium on deepwater as the commission tasked with getting to the bottom of what caused the crisis holds the first formal meeting today. >> former florida democratic senator and democratic governor bob graham and former epa administrator in the first bush administration weiilliam riley, both join us from new orleans.
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senator graham, let me start with you. you have no subpoena power with this commission. so, i guess my question is, can you get to the bottom of this, of what happened with this spill if you don't have the ability to force people to testify in front of your commission? >> chuck, my experience with other commissions is, yes, you can get to the bottom of it without subpoena power. it's more difficult and precisely because of that, the house by 420-1 vote given us subpoena power, pending in the senate. we hope the senate is now back in session and will concur with the house and we will have that additional stick in our toolbox to assure that we get all the information that the american people expect about what happened with this disaster and what can we do to avoid a repetition. >> administrator riley, i think
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when people hear about another commission, they get commission-itis and wonder what you can do that's different than what congress is doing. what concrete results should we expect from this commission that might not otherwise come from, say, all the congressional invests going on. >> well, our commission is unique in that we're the creation of an executive order of the president. he's three questions. what was the cause, the root cause of this catastrophe. what can we do to make sure it never happens again and what about deepwater drilling? i think several of these commissions have different orientations, different ways into the problem. but we will probably based upon what i know and certainly the deadline that we've been given which is six months out be the first to report in a definitive way to try to answer the very
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important questions to get good policies going forward. >> senator graham, i know that the justice department is opened a criminal investigation, potentially on what happened there. if you find something that during your investigation that you believe maybe a crime was committed, do you hand that information over to the justice department or do you keep it within your confines and it's part of your overall final report? >> it's very clear in the president's executive order that the department of justice will handle any criminal issues that might arise. and we've had close consultation between our staff and the department of justice so that both sides understand that line and should we come across such information, we would make it available to the department of justice. >> mr. riley, as you know there in the gulf, i'm sure you've heard it as anybody who goes down there, folks are concerned about the moratorium, the ban on
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deepwater offshore drilling. can you just explain what role the commission has in resolving this issue of whether the moratorium can be lifted? and does your commission feel a sense of urgency to come to those answers so that deepwater drilling can resume? >> i think we feel a sense of urgency to get to the bottom of the causes and then to get a set of policies that we can recommend, at least, and hope will be implemented quickly both at the interior department and within the administration to get best practices but in terms of answering the question fast enough or with any kind of legal authority, we don't have it. the interior department made clear that they're responsible for the policy on the moratorium. it's obviously in the courts now. and i think it's going to have to play out there. >> senator, walk us through today. i know today and tomorrow you're having basically public forums. i don't know official hearings per se. but walk us what to expect over the next day or two and seeing a sort of the first major
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testimony, whether it's from the heads of either transocean or bp or halliburton. >> we're going to have some very important testimony today. the hearing is divided up into segments. one is a status report. we'll be particularly hearing from bp and the coast guard about what is actually occurring on the site and in the recovery effort. then we'll hear from some of the public officials, particularly in this region who have been directly involved and their perspective. but maybe the most important part will be we'll hear from citizens who have been impacted. it may be a fishermen or an oil worker or someone who's involved in the tourism sector, just what have been the consequences of this disaster. i think all of this information of these diverse sources give us a foundation upon which to proceed with our specific
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research and investigations on the three questions that we have been asked, what happened, what are we going to do about it, when's the future of offshore drilling in america? >> administrator reilly, i'm sure you're aware there's criticism no members of the panel have direct experience with deepwater drilling and that this commission is packed to a large degree with interest that is are anti-drilling. what would be your response to that? do you think this is a fair representation in this commission? >> there is a good representation. academics, scientific, engineering on the commission, policy, policy, obviously, is very important and i think particularly strong in that area and we are including on our staff and we have just retained a very distinguished 33-year veteran of shell oil who oversaw oil and gas development among other parts of the exploration enterprise. i think we are very well equipped with the seven me believes of the commission and the new people coming on who
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will be staffed to us and the consultants to engage. we have no fear we lack expertise. >> all right. former senator and governor bob graham and former epa administrator william reilly thank you for your service and senator graham, i won't hold the fact that you're a gator against you. we try to limit the number of gators on the show but, you know, i guess we had to make an exception today. >> well, chuck, that's, of course, an obvious deficiency of inadequate number of gators but i hope you'll try to deal with that and, savannah, would you encourage him to do so? >> yes, i will. as you know, it is not easy to persuade him. thanks so much. appreciate it. up next, does harry reid have a bone to pick with president obama? >> for me down in the trenches at the time, it was time when i wanted the folks in the white house behind me. >> there you go. what prompted the embattled senate incumbent to utter those
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choice words just hours after the president came to stump for reid for the third time in his own backyard. >> i guess that's one way to say thank you. bottom kill, washington speak, oil speak, really, how the relief wells are supposed to work. you remember top kill drilling mud into the top of the leak site to stop it. bottom kill, they pump drilling mud into the relief well hole from the bottom and hope to cement that off. and seal it off for good. >> at least makes common sense. top and bottom. >> catchy names in the lexicon. if you have washington speak to clarify, please send us an e-mail. t bad, eh? gecko: yeah... fastest growing for the past 5 years! obviously people love saving money. woman: welcome to the conference. here's your nametag, sir... annnd for you. gecko: uh... no i'll be ok, thanks. woman: but how will people know who you are? gecko: uh... you mean "the gecko"? woman: here lemme help you. gecko: really it's... really it's fine,
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"decision 2010" time. the president's trip to nevada was a cakeoff to a big political weekend out there. as air force one was leaving the state, republicans were gearing up far convention keynoting a
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unity dinner on friday. michael steele continued the afghanistan apology tour with a 35-minute speech but the weekend's focus was sharon angle. >> obama said that we've got a bright, new day. all i can say is he must have his bright lights shining on that fog and that's what's hitting him in the face if he thinks this is a bright new day. harry reid's answers are extend unemployment and give us temporary jobs. the real answers are pay back the debt, cut back on the spending and take back our economy. we can secure the borders, enforce the laws, get a sheriff like arpiao in every state and go, arizona, right? >> poor sharon angle didn't have a lot of good lighting there and trying to dispel the little plit to eliminate social security. in the primary, she said she
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wanted to phase out the program. unless we think harry reid doesn't have complicated positions to work out, just hours after the president left nevada, harry reid had his first big general election sitdown interview with john rolston and reid asked where he disagrees with the president and talked about the health care bill. take a listen. >> on a few occasions, i think he should have been more firm with those on the other side of the aisle. he is a person who doesn't like confrontation. he's a peacemaker and sometimes i think you have to be a little more forceful. we came up with a great product and i'm sure he can look back and say i was right but for me in the trenches at the time there was a time i wanted a few folks from the white house behind me. >> the boxer on the peacemaker. after hedging last week, reid was pinned down on the arizona law saying he supports the justice department suit clarifying to states what laws to pass. today the afl-cio kicks off a
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campaign with 300,000 flyers for labor allied candidates. sticking with the senate theme, nevada may be in full general election mode but with 16 weeks to go until the election out there, semithethere's summer pr and one is in kansas where they're in full attack mode. look at teahart's new ad. >> he votes to raise taxes. i will cut them. he votes to give terrorists constitutional rights. i believe terrorists have no rights. where he saw promise i saw nothing but trouble and said so. >> moran is up with an ad hitting back. take a listen. >> tiahart attacks moran's family, inappropriate, slime my, outright bizarre. downright revolting. the mud slinging just got a bit muddier. down in the polls, false
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attacks. congressman todd tiahrt. just another politician gone washington. >> savannah, i know it takes a lot to get washington to pay attention to a primary that won't matter in november. pay attention to this primary. we're seeing an ideological war inside the republican party. it's playing out here in this kansas primary and you see both of them walking the line of how to deal with some of those various positions. >> all right. chuck, thank you. we'll pay attention, promise. >> yes, ma'am. >> always do. next, we'll head live to haiti, six months after the devastating earthquake there, does it still look like a disaster zone? plus, how did the luck finally run out for the elusive "barefoot bandit"? back to work on capitol hill. congress returns from a break facing a full plate. can it get anything done? first the trivia question. who was elected by the largest mar yin for west virginia governor since the civil war?
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that's allstate's stand. [ whistle blows ] [ dennis ] are you in good hands? bottom of the hour now so let's take a look at what's driving this monday. >> bp is working to secure a new containment cap to the leaking well at the bottom of the gulf. company officials believe the new cap will significantly increase the amount of oil being collected by crews at the spill site. president obama's oil commission will hold its first meeting this morning to discuss the causes of the disaster in the gulf. the seven-member commission is holding public hearings in new orleans today and tomorrow. and michelle obama is taking her first trip to the gulf coast since the bp oil disaster began.
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the first lady will talk with panama city beach residents in florida about the impact on their community. other stories making headlines this monday, the co-chairman of president obama's debt commission are offering a come nous assessment of the nation's financial future. speaking this weekend in boston, republican alan simpson and democrat erskine bowles warned, quote, debt is like a cancer that will truly destroy the country from within. a frantic phone call home was apparently what called the feds to move quickly on the arrests of ten russian spy in the u.s. "the washington post" reports a day before the fbi sweep, anna chapman phoned her father, a kgb veteran, saying she was worried her cover was blown. law enforcement was also concerned another of the spies about to leave the country so that's what prompted the arrests. oscar-winning director roman polanski will not be extradited to the u.s. just minutes ago, swiss
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authorities announced that decision and also said he is no longer on house arrest. he was to be sentenced for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 3 decades ago. one of the nation's most iconic non-profits is under going a name change. from now on, the ymca will be known as the y. the 166-year-old organization says it's ready to adopt the nickname everybody's been using for decades. no word on the song. >> federal express did the same thing when everybody used fed-ex. >> embrace it. >> embrace the nickname and go with it. i don't know. be careful. >> might stick. chuckles. all right. let's move on. been six months since the earthquake rocked haiti leveling more than half of the buildings in port-au-prince and claiming more than 200,000 lives. >> today, the struggle to survive in the capital continues with more than 1 million residents scattered throughout a city in ruins.
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nbc chief science and health correspondent robert bazell in port-au-prince this morning. i saw your report last night on "nightly news" and one of the things that struck me is here we are six months later an the haitian president is nowhere to be found. that's unbelievable to me. >> reporter: well, he's been widely criticized for a lack of coordination. but believe me, chuck and is savann savannah, there's no shortage of people to blame for the miserable and i mean miserable conditions. there's 1.5 million people living in structures on a day like today, very hot, it's 140, 150 degrees inside the structure. rains here frequently now. their tents or their shanties leak. and it is just -- it is beyond belief how bad it is and how little changed since the few days after the earthquake but among the people, not just the haitian government that's certainly deserved some of the blame, foreign governments have
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only given 10% of the aid that was promised and for instance in the case of the u.s. government, that aid included 10%, includes the cost of sending troops here right afterwards so the haitians are being charged for that. some of that includes debt forgiveness which is about -- not going to help the haitians rebuild right now with debt forgiveness. you have a bad government, a lack of coordination, a whole lot of other problems like even if you want to build a new settlement, a very popular idea to move people out of the temporary settlements, nobody knows who owns the land because there's a dispute of land ownership since the slave revolt in 1804 and whatever records there were were destroyed in the earthquakes. and you just run into problems like that over and over and over again until it becomes just utter despair. >> hey, bob, now, i know that
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former president bill clinton at the u.n. envoy for haiti at this point has been taking a large role in all of this. is he now the guy that's going to start beating up the u.s. government and other foreign governments for this money? >> reporter: you should -- bill clinton? i didn't hear what you said. >> yes, bill clinton's role as the u.n. envoy. >> reporter: clinton is coming here today to meet with the president of haiti. they were supposed to have a commission that was going to direct the foreign aid effort. that commission has met so far exactly twice since the disaster. and that is yet another indication of how things go around here. nothing is happening. people are miserable -- in misery. they're dying. there's very few happy stories to report. a happy story is the schools are open. another happy story is that because of immunizations and clean water in the camp provided by international aid organizations, there's not been the outbreak of infectious
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disease that everybody feared but it's hurricane season coming and if a big hurricane blows through here, we'll have earthquake 2. everybody on edge about that. nothing much is getting done. it is a very, very sad situation. >> well, bob bazell, all the more reason to have your reporting from there and remind everybody because, of course, it is one of those story that is slips from the headlines and yet those people are still suffering greatly so it's good to have your report today. thank you. >> thanks. but how depressing that report was. really, really tragic what's going on there. a modern-day "catch me if you can" a washington state teenager escapes from a halfway house for a series of daring and illegal adventures and even got a nickname. >> it's catchy, too. "barefoot bandit." the fun is over for colton harris-moore, the luck ran out after a high-speedboat chase in the bahamas. nbc's peter alexander has new details now. >> reporter: true to his nickname, colton harris-moore
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barefoot marched into a police suv sunday. authorities in the bahamas arrested the 19-year-old fugitive before dawn sunday after shooting out the engines of the stolen boat as harris-moore tried to make yet another escape, this time in caribbean waters. >> the suspect in an effort to evade capture engaged local police in a high-speed chase by boat after a brief chase, the suspect was taken into custody without incident. >> reporter: for the so-called "barefoot bandit," the arrest ends a two-year odyssey that included eight states from washington to indiana. harris-moore is accused of stealing cash, cars and at least fiveplanes. that he taught himself to fly. n stigators say the teenar stole in indianaere crash landing it 1,000 miles away here in the bahamas. he snatcheduv s from a family's garage, police here
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say. and later, was seen barefoot at the sport it bahamas buying a beer. >> you don't see too many 6'5" white guys walk through the door all the time. >> reporter: and spotted by surveillance cameras apparently breaking into a restaurant and turning the cameras to the wall. >> looked very calm and at ease and strolling into his own place. >> reporter: like he owned the place? >> like he owned the place. >> reporter: this dive shop was burglarized, too. >> it was a perfect handprint and so funny because it wasn't like it was accidental. like he accidentally touched something. like he went smack up on the window. >> reporter: police say harris-moore convicted of possessing stolen property at 12 taunting authorities with the antics since escaping from a halfway house in washington state two years ago. he left behind this photo at a crime scene.
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and chalk outlines of the famous feet for so long. it's drawn compares to the role in the movie "catch me if you can." >> would you like a drink after takeoff? >> milk? >> reporter: on this line, this fugitive built a following with more than 70,000 fans on facebook. on the small washington state island where harris-moore was raised and allegedly preyed on victims for years, relief. >> he's been elusive for a long time and has done a lot of damage and i'm just glad they finally caught him. >> reporter: now, in custody, harris-moore's next trip could be an extradition flight home. >> all right. that was nbc's peter alexander reporting. >> he'll get a movie deal and scary. >> well, yeah. sometimes they put in plea agreements you can't profit from a book or movie deal. >> can the government? we have debt issues. >> you know what?
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we had another woman. >> i know. >> on a major party ticket. >> why are you trying to spin me up? >> there were predictions to be the norm. >> floodgates would open. >> dianne feinstein supposed to be on the ticket three times people predict. >> progress takes time. back to work for the congress. session at 2:00, the house returns tomorrow. >> with four weeks until the august break, lawmakers are in a crunch to getting some key agenda items passed. energy legislation extending unemployment benefits. let's get right to david hersenhorn and ken strickland. financial reform. they have a deal. they're looking for 60 votes. senator byrd's death means that there's one less democratic vote. doing the math, russ fine gold is a no. 57 democrats and need 3 republicans do. they have it? >> they have them, certainly.
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if you look at susan collins, she said she is inclined to support it, olympia snowe, everyone says they want the recess and scott brown to look at it. that should be enough. without that byrd replacement, someone to replace democratic senator robert byrd who died, i don't know if they want to be so close to the numbers. >> nobody wants to be the 60th vote. >> no republican. >> but on lots of issues, without a replacement for senator byrd, isn't the senate kind of in a standstill right now? >> this is a bottleneck. the 60th vote, cut off debate and move to final passage and will have the 50 votes to do that. the democrats are jammed and short votes and hard july to fight the bills through. >> some people talk about senator grassley to be a question vote for financial regulation. >> it's fascinating which is
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scott brown of massachusetts voted for the original senate bill and said i don't like the way the final version pays for it. those changes made to appease a republican have now upset senator grassley also a republican and some of the democrats thrown up the hands said it's the middle of a republican fight. >> let's move on to another item to get voted on and that's e laa kagan. senator hatch made it like he's inclined to be against her and officially against her now and didn't want to do a filibuster. there's no need for 60 votes on kagan because a lot of republicans vote to bring it to the floor. correct? >> from here, until the end of the year, they have the votes. republicans have basically taken the mantra of at least tlhere' a an extraordinary circumstance, there's a filibuster. they'll argue how much time on the floor and effective done and how many republicans will join.
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>> she might not get any republicans in the final-final vote. correct? >> i think democrats and some people still looking at lindsey graham. he's been if not supported then encouraged by the things she did with the war and laws dealing with the war. graham says things about the war are very close to his heart so that's the person we are looking for. it's unknown if anyone joins him. >> let's move to energy which is another huge legislative item. what is going on? i think it's hard to hard to figure out if they're serious in congress or just a lot of acting like, oh yeah, we'll do something about energy to appease voters, appease the base. >> what's going on is a lot of oil spilling into the gulf. right? almost suicidal for congress not to address the energy issue, and yet, again, the bottleneck in the senate. harry reid is anxious to get an energy bill on the floor. the house, democrats in the house have been angry since they
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passed an energy bill last year and took a really hard vote and all eyes on the senate. if they touch cap and trade the republicans may go ballistic. >> is it possible that senate is punted until after john mccain's primary and let lind sai let the loan republican dealing with the white house get some breathing space post mccain and they tackle this in september? >> i think to some degree because all the oil spill legislation is tied up, they have to find some way to get that through. they can't go home for the summer and not get that done. >> i think they will try to find the low hanging fruit. maybe a mot rat pricing and not deal with the more contentious things. if they were to leave without dealing with bp then everybody would have their hands. >> the delay in financial regulation atressing the issues
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on wall street has pushed things so far down the line. it's very hard with the elections coming to get anything big done. then they are off. the longer that clock ticks, there has been a small ricketry running the clock down. >> because it is an election year. when is the last time you heard the president say he might filibuster a war funding bill. >> you know what? one of the crazy ideas i heard is no recess in august. >> i know. >> i think they need to go home and talk to their constituents. >> just don't call it a recess. >> thanks so much. >> coming up, jimmy buffet tries to restore some paradise for the hard hit coast. >> you can follow us any time.
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